and then there was the 'Peer Editing'...
The students knew what their Learning Intentions and Success Criteria were and used that as the basis for most of their comments.
This was a great way for students to be part of the editing process, and they were all learning at the same time.
At the beginning of the Writing session I also pointed out the Different Ways to Publish your stories on the wiki.
Once the Students have finished their publishing, they will start the whole process again but with a myth of their choice, starting off with the Graphic Organiser.
The Novel study groups have been reading their books on the Kindle either on the Chromebooks or the iPads.
They also have been working on their Vocab logs as they read their novels.
I use the Vocab Logs to teach from. We choose a word from the lists they have made, we go to Kindle, search for the word, read it in context in however many hits of the word we get. Then we tap and hold on the word and get the Dictionary meaning, and if it is a suitable word for it, we tap on Wikipedia or Google to find out more information about the word. Then we bring it all back to the context of the story.
They also have to keep up with their Chapter Title Assignment of Predictions and Adjustments.
The Journal group are learning to skim and scan a play
The changes to the workshops worked well with me being able to leave the students to keep on doing the learning themselves without me. I used Thinking Blocks Fractions appwith these students. One boy who had been having difficulties, really responded well to this app and completed a page of work, and was so proud that he now understood how to do Fractions of a number now.
- have highlighted the WALTs they need to work on
- are copying/pasting the activities they are doing to their timetables.
- are recording examples and totals they have achieved in iPad games or Internet games
- they are reflecting in their maths book about how the activity went
|Mixture of bookwork and computers|
Today the students started writing their Research question. The first steps to designing a research question is to write down what we already know. I introduced them to the Graphic Organiser
Writing Questions. They went to the Wiki Research page and clicked on the link to open it and then they made a copy and saved it to the Room 9 folder so that I could access it.
'Big Wide Question' graphic organiser, that I made specially when I observed some students in another school trying to develop their questions.
Now it is time to look for the information using the keywords, collect and store which they can do in this Google Doc.
I have had a wonderful 4 days working with Room 9 and co-teaching with their awesome teacher Bonnie.
The successes were:
- the large TV with an Apple TV, iPad and Mac laptop. I was able to use both my Mac and iPad to teach from
- the Learning station with the small TV for students to mirror what they were doing and have other students peer edit, comment, solve problems etc
- Google Docs, all student work was shared in a folder to me, so when we wanted to peer edit, I opened on my mac, mirrored to large TV and they were able to edit on their Chromebooks, and all could see at the same time on the large screen
- TV was great for playing Youtube movies on Egypt, excellent clear picture and great sound
- Chromebooks worked well for all students, easy to use and access
- using iPad apps as teaching tools i.e. Explain Everything
- kids teaching kids, I could start them off and leave them to it
- kids not wanting to stop writing, and letting them do just that...I called reading groups as I wanted and the others could keep on writing
- the self pacing maths doc, kids working at their own speed on activities that they wanted to do
- kids making choices about their learning
- kids knowing what they were learning and were able to articulate it when asked
- getting Chromecast to work, but hopefully that will be solved soon
- the occasional internet slow down but that could be due to all the devices being connected and used at the same time (along with all the teachers who were visiting and their devices that they were using courtesy of the school's Daily Passcode)